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Does seasonal affective disorder usually cause many symptoms?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes

Sad is technically a variant of major depression, so has all the associated symptoms of depression but with a seasonal pattern.
This is usually depression in winter months which correlates more with length of daylight more than temp. Less common is a reverse sad, worse in summer correlating with temp. Many people have mild sad symptoms but don't meet criteria for full depression.

In brief: Yes

Sad is technically a variant of major depression, so has all the associated symptoms of depression but with a seasonal pattern.
This is usually depression in winter months which correlates more with length of daylight more than temp. Less common is a reverse sad, worse in summer correlating with temp. Many people have mild sad symptoms but don't meet criteria for full depression.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: SAD Sx's

Depends on severity.
SAD symptoms occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, low energy level, irritability, moodiness, sleeping more, heavy feeling in extremities, being overly sensitive to rejection and it can impact relationships.

In brief: SAD Sx's

Depends on severity.
SAD symptoms occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, low energy level, irritability, moodiness, sleeping more, heavy feeling in extremities, being overly sensitive to rejection and it can impact relationships.
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